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Spring is here and many folks are wheeling their bikes out of the garage for the first time in months (or years). Before you head out on a ride be sure to do the "ABC Quick Check for Fun."
A is for Air
Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall and replace if damaged.
B is for Brakes
Inspect break pads for wear; replace if there is less than ¼" of pad left. Check pad adjustment; make sure the pads do not rub tire.
C is for Cranks, Chain and Cassette
Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only and nothing else. Check your chain for wear. 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8". If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment
Quick is for Quick Releases
Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°. Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it. Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged. If you seat has a quick release, be sure it is tightened down.
Check is for Check It Over
Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them. Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few blocks of your ride.
Fun!! is, well, self-evident. Make sure you have some!